Starbelly

4.6
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$30 and under
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American
Starbelly is a modern, urban restaurant that serves California Comfort food in the heart of The Castro. Our garden patio and fun atmosphere make Starbelly a neighborhood favorite, serving lunch, brunch and dinner. Our craft cocktails, beer and wine lists all play well with our seasonal menu.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
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4.5
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4.3
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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was absolutely wonderful. The service was friendly (if not the fastest). To their credit though, it was a holiday Monday and the place was HOPPING. So nothing took longer than would be expected for how busy it was at the time. The food and ambiance (and their great new full-liquor drink menu) more than make up for it.

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere, good drinks, and the food was awesome. Bacon spaghetti was amazing

KR
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

LOVED the cheese & grit sticks appetizer. Mushroom pizza was delicious as well. We ordered 2.

WP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was absolutely awful. Our server was never around and never checked on us

CM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently awesome. I would die for those ricotta dumplings. 🤤

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved Starbelly. Great local menu selection of drinks and food alike. Great energy and vibe within the restaurant. Highly enjoyed the swordfish. Would definitely return when in SF again!

J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I like Starbelly. I like their food, and I like the place. The service could be improved, but as long as there aren't egregious problems, I'll overlook just average service. I live in the neighborhood, and I'm inclined to support our local businesses.
One thing that *really* bugs me: They charge for refills of decaf coffee. No charge for refills of regular coffee. They serve decaf in a small French press, which is nice, but it would be better if they just had brewed decaf coffee and not charge for refills.

MH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Starbelly. Never disappoints.

DJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Consistently delicious food and drink at fair prices.

w
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

So loud i couldn’t hear myself think let alone talk with my friends. Service was uneven—kept having to find and flag down our waitress. Food was excellent and lots of it. Pricey but it’s SF, so expected. Cocktail was great. I’d go back, but I’ll learn sign language first.

JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mimosa not made with real orange juice... and portion is very small for a $9 cocktail. Potato in my two egg breakfast was stone cold... could've been heated. Otherwise, pleasant experience.

OT
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time going here. Food was excellent and service was quick. Was kinda loud today or just very talkative tables.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service - great spot

MS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really like this place the food is always great and the crew is always friendly

SB
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The broccoli rabe and Italian sausage pizza was incredible. Actually, everything we had was delicious (Brussels sprouts and white bean dip). The drinks were made well and the atmosphere was really neat.

V
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I’ve been to this restaurant many times and I am torn because I have not found anything to my liking here, yet I try to support local businesses. Also, my daughter loves the bacon spaghetti. I used to order the hamburger until it became dry and chewy (I always order medium). Because of this, our last visit was almost a year ago. Daughter still loves the spaghetti so we came back. This time I ordered a mushroom pizza and added prosciutto. There was a great variety of mushrooms so I loved that. Prosciutto was a good addition because without it, the pizza would have been bland. I would have added a salty cheese to the pizza. The bad part about the pizza was that it was wet and soggy in the middle. I’m not fond of wet pizza. I’m sad that everything that I’ve ordered has been a miss. The location is great, the interior is great. Fun, casual, good variety of food on the menu. It’s just the quality that doesn’t wow me. That doesn’t mean that other people won’t like it, so please go give it a try for yourself.

VC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Excellent food, tasty pizza in particular. Loved the whole vibe too, very casual but cool and modern. Great outdoor patio seating in the back with heated lamps. Service was exceptional too!

n
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food is not good, way too many good options in this city to waste time here.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great, very attentive. We each got a pizza and they tasted awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both amazing. Heating and low light ambience in back patio were also a nice vibe for NYE with a group of friends wanting to enjoy food and cocktails.

t
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a consistent winner. Family friendly, but do be aware that the indoor tables are high and the high chairs are short, so toddlers won't really be able to see the food in front of them. Try to sit on the patio if you're bringing your kiddo as the high chairs fit better outside.

b
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Starbelly is always a favorite place to visit when my husband and I come to SF. The location is great, the service is friendly and efficient, and the food is consistent and delicious.

RB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent...

FI
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We will definitely be back. My new favorite restaurant near the Castro.

L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. With friends who’ve been often. Excellent food, service, ambiance. Great for before or after film at the Castro Theatre! A few more veggie options would be appreciated

D
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. We had a great time even with very talkative people in the next table

GP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal. Wild mushroom pizza and Caesar, and both were delish. Will come back.

CH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu sounded so good it was hard to choose so we chose several things to share. One of our starters was the chicken pate which was classically smooth and rich and served with delicious toasted bread. The highlight was the crab and squid ink pasta recommended by our lovely server. Will be back!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was amazing

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my go to places every time I’m in SF. I always enjoy the staff and the food is amazingly delicious as well as the drinks. Great for many occasions and definitely will be returning soon.

N
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Rude service, okay food, overpriced. But mostly rude service. Will not be back

RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Arrived at Starbelly with no reservation at 722pm. The host said the wait was about 40 minutes. Went on OpenTable, and made a reservation for two at 730pm. Was seated by 734pm.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great mushroom pizza. I would say a must, it was great. Brussel sprouts were too sweet. Good Fries but not outstanding Margarita Verde was very nice, but needed more mezcla for that extra oomph.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I used to really enjoy Starbelly for brunch. But, on my last few visits I’ve been disappointed in both the variety on the menu and the quality of the food (both are lacking). The food is just ok and the service is mediocre. It’s an OK choice, but they really need to up their game.

BM
London
30 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience1

Great service and nice place. Unfortunately it was absolutely freezing and we sat there with our jackets on for the entire meal. We were moved and the staff said they had turned the heating up but it didn't make a huge difference. Go for the food and service!

L
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great food and drinks, works for kids. Best part was the service.

s
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good eats, great location, nice lighting and environment.. service was a little to pushy for me.. but they were friendly about it :)

g
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place to grab a bite. Amazing food, great cocktails, and superlative service!

YT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

This place is hype only — brunch in SF isn’t about the food but rather the ambiance and the “experience.” Food honestly was average. My chilaquiles were rather soggy.

F
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Starbelly for lunch/brunch all the time, so decided to do dinner. The food was fantastic, matched by a great outdoor dining experience and great service! We finished things up by creating our own Affogato experience with espresso and a scoop of Mitchells ice cream! Delicious! We had a wonderful evening...